Thursday Theology: February 21, 2019

Co-Missioners, This week we send you the second installment in Pr. Richard Gahl’s series on the mission we were baptized into as servants and agents of Christ. Dick focuses here on the gospel account that many of are listening to in church this year. We trust you’ll find it very helpful as the listening continues. Peace and Joy, …

Thursday Theology: February 7, 2019

Exploring Church History in the Twentieth Century Co-Missioners, This week we bring you the first of what we hope will be a regular string of Thursday Theology book reviews. Today’s reviewer is Matthew Metevelis, a Luther Seminary graduate and ELCA pastor who directs a hospice program in Las Vegas, with service on the side at Reformation Lutheran Church, …

Thursday Theology: January 31, 2019

A Crossings’ Gem: John Strelan’s “Honest-to-God Gospel Meets the Dying World” Co-Missioners, At this end of a week when our attention was focused wholly on our annual conference in Belleville, Illinois, we pass along a gem from our online library where riches lie hidden. This item was one of three keynote presentations at our first-ever conference in 2007. …

Thursday Theology: January 24, 2019

“To Be” or Not “To Be” as a Gospel Question Co-Missioners, It’s funny how big a difference little details can make. This week we pass along an observation about one such detail in the way St. Paul gets read. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community “To Be” or Not “To Be”: A Question to Ask When Reading St. …

Crossings Film Series: Kathryn Kleinhans

    Dr. Kleinhans talks about how the Crossings conference focuses on taking the Gospel and “crossing” it into our daily lives. She shares her excitement about the synergy among voices and theological perspectives. For her, meeting people at the conference feels like discovering family you never knew you had. She finds it a re-energizing opportunity to hear …

Thursday Theology: January 17, 2019

How God’s Law Works: Epiphanies from a Fiction Writer Co-Missioners, Bruce Modahl is the editor of our quarterly Crossings newsletter. He is also an avid reader and cultural observer who keeps his eye peeled for theological themes in what others might regard as strictly secular material. He recently signed on as a regular essayist for Thursday Theology, with …

Thursday Theology: January 10, 2019

Why Jesus’ Baptism Matters for Jesus’ Missionaries Co-Missioners, Our editor is also your writer this week. We leave it to him to let you know what you’re in for. Peace and Joy, The Crossing Community January 2019- The classic calendar of the Western Church invites those who follow it spend the first Sunday after Epiphany reflecting on the …

Crossings Film Series: Sherman Lee

  Sherman Lee is an adult convert to Christianity. He quickly became involved in youth ministry, but after three years, he was feeling some burnout. Sherman took a step back from youth ministry and started taking Crossings classes with Ed Shroeder. He describes those classes as his “confirmation experience.” Sherman strongly feels that seeing and living life …

Thursday Theology: January 3, 2019

A Preacher Still on Trial Co-Missioners, A month ago, we posted the sermon that the Rev. Lori Cornell, editor of our “Sabbatheology” text study series, heard at her ordination on December 5, 1993. Today we pass along Lori’s reflections on twenty-five years of responding to the charge she received that day. As fellow stewards of the “the Word …